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Spotlight Initiative regional programme for Central Asia and Afghanistan will identify potential Responsible Parties that will build capacity of a CSO on requirements for grant-making procedures and provide technical support to develop strategies for resource mobilization and use of alternative funding mechanisms.
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Students from Afghanistan, who are studying in Uzbekistan, participated in a UN Women-organized training on entrepreneurship and business skills to increase their employment opportunities after graduation.
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Azimabonu Jumabekova is a 19-year-old peer educator and HIV activist from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Azimabonu was the first teenager in Uzbekistan and the Central Asia region to openly disclose her HIV status.
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UN Resident Coordinator for Uzbekistan since July 2017, Helena Fraser leads the United Nations Country Team in Uzbekistan in support of national sustainable development priorities and Agenda 2030. In the light of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, she talk about advocating for gender equality and ending violence against women in the country.
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As part of her visit to Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, Ms. Alia El-Yassir, UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia met with youth and civil society representatives of five Central Asian countries, government officials and UN agencies in Kyrgyzstan. Violence against women and girls, women’s economic and political empowerment, stereotypes and active involvement of youth in all processes were the main topics of discussions.
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Shakhodat Teshebayeva from Khalmion, a village in southern Kyrgyzstan bordering Uzbekistan, is 50 years old and the sole breadwinner of her family. Her income comes from farming, working for 8-10 long hours in the fields every day. She doesn’t shy away from the hard work, but lately, the hard has become impossible, because of the growing water crisis.
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On 5 September, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan and the European Union hosted the regional conference 'Empowering Women in Afghanistan’ in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana.
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“The role of women and youth in conflict prevention in Central Asia,” event was organized by the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) in cooperation with UN Women Multi-country Office in Central Asia and the Regional Office of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
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Originally from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Luiza Karimova left her son with her family and travelled to Osh, Kyrgyzstan to find work. In Kyrgyzstan, she was sold into sex slavery and trafficked into Dubai. After 18 months, she was arrested and sent to jail. Today, Karimova works with Podruga, an organization based in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, which is supported by UN Women. Podruga works to end violence against women and assists women subjected to sex and drug trafficking.
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Fighting for their daughters and for gender equality everywhere, Central Asian fathers post their hopes for the future and call on others to join UN Women’s HeForShe campaign.
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From 24 November 2011 through 10 December 2011, the From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World campaign was held in Uzbekistan by UN Women in partnership with several international and national organizations. The campaign was held in seven locations of Uzbekistan and directly involved at least 1,300 young people in the provinces.
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When we speak about gender equality it is not only the rights of women. We are trying to promote women in society for the benefit of the whole society. When women have equal opportunity and equal access, it benefits the whole society. It is a cross-cutting issue for the whole society. - Elaine Conkievich
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On 22-23 October 2014 Almaty hosted Consultative Meeting to review progress on Beijing Platform for Action (1995) in Central Asia.This event is an important preparatory stage to the upcoming regional inter-governmental review and non-governmental forums in Bangkok and Geneva.
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The 43-year-old craftswoman and mother from Uzbekistan’s Kashkadarya province slowly built the confidence to submit her work to a few exhibitions. Soon she won the second prize in a national “Handywoman” award offered by a local women’s group, and a nomination for the prestigious Zulfiya State Award, established by the country’s president to encourage business enterprises by women. “The project helped me to identify my perspectives,” she recalls of the group. “I took my first steps in business, learned to make decisions, listen to others, and express my opinion.”
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On the 14th of March, 2012, a round table entitled "The role of the Women's Committee of Uzbekistan in implementing the National Plan of Action on the Concluding Observations of the CEDAW Committee on the Fourth Periodic Report of Uzbekistan," was held at Women’s Committee of Uzbekistan (WCU) jointly with UN Women Sub-Regional Office in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (SRO EECA) and the Resident Mission of the Asian Development Bank ADB in Uzbekistan (ADB).
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Opening ceremony of “The World Through My Eyes” photo exhibition dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Peace in Uzbekistan and the 20th anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Uzbekistan was held at the Youth Creativity Palace of Tashkent.